Sood Sai Pan – 2013 Lakorn Review

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Review by Ruby Chingu

Title: Sood Sai Pan or End of The String

Starring: Toomtam Yuthana Puengklarng & Vill Wannarot Sontichai

Rating: 7/10

General mood of the drama: Indulgently stressful. Dramatic, angry, passionate with lots and lots of REAL kissing (meaning we can see the hero and heroine’s lips more than just touched, which is rare in lakorns). Like eating a plate of briyani rice with lots of curry.

Why I watched the drama: I came across a Youtube video that compiled the drama’s kissing scenes from episode 1 and 2. I was like, WHAT? They already kissed during episode 1? I have to watch this!

Why I love the drama: The main actress, Vill, who had to juggle two characters, playing both the heroine and the heroine’s evil twin sister. She is so AMAZING to the point where it did not occur to me that the roles were actually played by the same actress. Her persona as Gandaowasee, the good twin and Gandaomanee, the evil twin were so different – different ways of speaking, different tones, different manners, basically everything about the two of them. Heck, even the way they looked at people were so distinct from each other I almost thought the actress must have been suffering from bipolar disorder as a result of the roles she had to play. REAL KISSES. AND THE MANY TOPLESS SCENES OF THE HERO. *dies*

Why I hate the drama: There’s not much to hate about Sood Sai Pan except for the fact that the hero was incredibly stupid and confused halfway through the series. He was in love with the evil twin but married the good twin because he thought she was the woman he loved only to end up having feelings for the good twin, too. So when both girls appeared in front of him, he got confused. TERRIBLY confused. But really, who can blame the poor guy? Both twins were hot.

Review:

Before I begin, can somebody tell me where the fuck has Vill been hiding from my lakorn radar all these years? How can such a talented and raw actress slipped off my attention? Good God, woman! She is thissss close to replacing Anne Thongprasom as the actress I consider the best in acting in my heart.

Back to business of slaps, kisses, naked upper-half body and bed scenes, Sood Sai Pan is basically a drama about good and evil, represented by the main characters of the twins – Gandaowasee (Gaan) and Gandaomanee (Nee). The hero, Tithi, who was of noble lineage and super fucking rich, served as the connecting point between the two of them. A year before episode I began, Tithi and Nee used to date and fuck with each other. Nee used Gaan’s name because she wanted to create troubles for her twin since they were separated at birth and Nee was raised by their poor mother whereas Gaan was raised by their well-to-do father. Nee left Tithi abruptly after discovering that he was only a dessert seller (he did not know he was a noble son at this point). One year later, he encountered the good twin, Gaan and kept pestering her, thinking that she was Nee. He scolded her, begged her to remember him. When she insisted that she didn’t, he kissed her (again and again). Still, she rejected him. Then, his status was elevated when his noble family found him and made him the heir to their fortune.

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Tithi’s grandmother, knowing that Tithi was in love with Gaan, proposed to Gaan’s father and they were married. It was sad for me to see that Gaan, whom I thought was coerced into marrying the man who was in love with her ‘clone’, was in actuality already in love with him. As Tithi refused to believe that Gaan was the woman he fell in love a year ago, Gaan kept having nightmares that Nee would come back to their lives and take her husband away from him. It was soooo sweet at this point of time when we see how  Tithi loved her so passionately, protecting and respecting her. However, it is heartbreaking in a sense as we know that Gaan was not the woman Tithi loved, but Nee, but of that stupid bastard did not know that because he’s sooo stupid he can’t differentiate. But really, again, who can blame him??

Thus, when Nee did return to their lives, Tithi somehow chose Nee over his wife. He divorced Gaan, the good twin and installed Nee at his home as a mistress. However, one thing I like was that he refused to sleep with Gaan, most likely because he had began to have feelings for Gaan. You lucky bastard, I must say, since two superbly hot women were vying for his love and attention. Somehow, after many conflicts and misunderstandings and evil deeds of Nee who would go as far as committing murders to keep Tithi near her, Tithi’s character matured and was able to discover the truth and put Nee in jail. In the end, Gaan and Tithi got their happy endings.

Gaan, the good twin/the heroine is my favourite character of the show. I’ve seen many comments where people were hating on her because she’s too nice, kind and somewhat spineless. I disagree with the opinion, though. Why? Because her kindness does not stem from her stupidity or foolishness or ignorance but because she believes it is the right thing. As an elder sister who just found out that she had a younger twin sister who had lived life 1000 times worse than her, how could she not feel bad? In the bad twin’s own words, they shared the same parents, the same looks, the same DNA literally – yet Nee was the only one condemned to the life of poverty. Thus, when Gaan decided to give everything that she had, including her husband Tithi, to her twin sister, it is a completely justifiable move. She wanted to compensate Nee for all the love she could not provide her.

I also love how Gaan is such a calm character. She’s so steady despite many obstacles her way. She rarely showcases emotions of anger and is often in control. Maybe because she knew Tithi married her not because he loved her but because he loved her twin sister. When Tithi chose Nee over her, she did not flip out. She withdrew herself from the love triangle without any fuss. She left the main marital room they shared and moved into a smaller room outside the mansion. Upon knowing that she would soon to be divorced, she got herself a job as a teacher and a translator. She is also a dutiful daughter. She did not stay quiet, constantly seeking help from everybody else. She took care of her father and sister with her own earnings. She accepted Tithi the way he is. Indeed, I think the only time where Gaan had ever acted against her own sense of rationality was when she allowed herself to fall in love with Tithi. Why? Because that would be wrong – falling in love with the man who loved your twin. But she saw how passionate and devoted Tithi is to the woman he loves that she can’t help to fall for him. Plus, he kisses her all the time. And backhugs her. And takes his shirt off without hesitation.

ImageImageShe’d be a lesbian if she did not fall in love with that human being. Full stop.

As for the hero, his most attractive trait is his passion. He’s so passionate in his love, the kind of love where he could not get enough from the lover. He wants to constantly see her, love her, hug her, kiss her etc etc. When he meets the woman he loves, he has to make sure she stays by his side and marry him. He wants them to be together to the point of desperation. He’s very persistent in his love, very forceful. His passion, people, is extremely admirable (and HOT!!). Nevertheless, it was what blinded him for the truth. But of course I forgive him every time he planted a REAL kiss to our heroine as he slips his hands through her waist to hug her or every time he went topless.

This kind of devoted stupidly passionate hero is a staple in the lakorn world, especially in the slap/kiss genre. Their passion serves as their strength and weakness at the same time. Khun Tithi somehow reminds me of Saichon/Charles from Game Rai Game Ruk. Utterly devoted yet forceful beings who believe that their loves would triumph all. *Pukes* No, people, it does not! But in the lakorn world, it always does.

The plot tends to be draggy with its 17 episodes structure. Except for the hero, Tithi, there are not much layers to the character. It is, in the end, a drama about good and evil. How Gaan, the good twin, remained the good person that she was until the end of the drama. Nee, too, remained the most evil heartless bitch we have ever seen to grace our laptop screens. Tithi’s character was foolish at first. However, upon knowing Gaan’s goodness, he smartened himself up and was able to differentiate between the right and the wrong. He got over his love for Nee fairly smoothly. Well, seriously, who could love such a bitch? The trust issues he had with Gaan could be frustrating at times, therefore I found myself fast-forwarding the scenes.

Other than that, the amazing acting by the heroine and the shirtless burning chemistry between the main couple will keep you glued to the screen. I knew I did, shrieking of happiness and horny-ness while I was at it.

Jone Plon Jai (2003 Lakorn Review)

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Review by Ruby Chingu

Title: Jone Plon Jai or The Thief Who Stole My Heart

Starring: Sornram Tappituk (Num) & Donut Manasnan Panlertwongskul

Rating: 7/10

General mood of the drama: Dramatic, intense to the sadistic side, irrationally stupid without any common sense but HEAPS of sexual tension between the leads. It feels so good yet wrong at the same time to actually enjoy it. Like eating instant noodles and ramen – you know it’s bad for you but you love it anyway.

Why I watched the drama: I was swept away by the Num Sornram fever. He is super hot. And he has that masculine aura that I, like millions of other viewers, find so damn attractive.

Why I love the drama: True to his reputation as the highest paid actor for more than a decade, Sornram acted so well. His confused face, his emotional face, his remorseful face, his frustration, his sadness – oh baby, quoting Imagine Dragon’s lyrics, I feel it in my bones, baby, I really do. Donut, who played the heroine, was great, too. Their chemistry was good. Her verbal retaliation each time he treated her meanly is enjoyable to watch. Since she was tied and physically helpless, scolding him was the only thing she could do and she did it so well.

Why I hate the drama: The hero was just plain stupid. No moral standing. No principles. Possessed very bad judgment. Coupled up with some very bad temper. He was so weak emotionally that he did not have the guts to go against his mother when she ordered him to imprison the heroine against her own will. If I see this kind of character in real life, I will kick his balls so hard he won’t be able to function normally again (after I snap a photo with him, of course, because he’s hot).

Review:

I don’t know why but there are quite a lot of violent dramas in the lakorn world. They even have a specific genre for it called ‘slap-kiss’. Why? Because after you slap the person, you kiss him/her. Sounds like a make-up sex? I have no fucking idea. But I sure find it quite disturbing. These violent dramas usually involve the elements of physical struggles between the heroine and the usually more powerful hero, harsh exchange of words, kidnapping, false imprisonment, hatred, revenge and the one thing I hate the most, rape. God, why on earth would that be included in a romantic drama? Why, God, why????

Still, here I am.

Jone Plone Jai tells the tale of a man, an eldest son to a rich family who had a loving father. However, his mother and younger brother did not care an inch about him. His appearance in the earlier episodes could be surmised as plain repulsive. He had long hair and a bad careless attitude. Sure, he was kind but hell, I would not be able to differentiate him from a street criminal. One obvious thing about this man, Poo, is that he yearned for his mother’s approval. He was wiling to do anything to please her, no matter how unreasonable it was. And that is, boys and girls, the WORST factor of this drama. This fucker here is a grown-up man who studied overseas for many many years only to come back to cling to the hope of his mother’s non-existent affection? But I feel for him. That lack of love and blatant dislike showed by his mother must have fucked him up so bad.

His mother loved only his younger brother, Pee and she disapproved Pee’s relationship with a young poor singer named Mak, our heroine. Therefore, she hired thugs to kidnap Mak to separate her son from her. Mak got kidnapped by these thugs a few weeks later and was almost raped by them only to be rescued by our hero. She woke up only after he had rescued her and seeing her blouse quite torn, she immediately accused him of violating her. As he refused to face the accusation and end up going to jail for it, he took our heroine to a countryside home and kept her there against her will. Our poor heroine spent most of her days – from episode 2 to episode 7 – trapped in a room, her hands tied with a rope. Poo went to see his mother to ask for advice on what to do next. Being the evil mother that she was, she ordered him to keep her there for 2 or 3 months. He felt bad but being the STUPID person that he was, of course he complied to his mother’s wishes. Fuck you, bastard, fuck you! Did your father or teachers or anybody else not teach you how to respect women?

Of course the hero was kind at heart. However, he treated the woman very badly that I find his actions utterly disgusting. I mean, what the fuck is wrong with you? Why can’t you just let her go? Near the end of her captivity, he did have sex with her against her will after she insulted him. WTF? How can watching a lakorn can be so stressful? How can a drama be this morally wrong?

But of course, I am here to review the entertainment value of the drama, not the moral lessons behind it because honestly, I don’t think this drama has any.

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It is thoroughly enjoyable to see the fights between the hero and the heroine. She had a loud mouth, he had less-than-polite manners. The way she glared at him made it obvious that she wanted to kill him if only her hands were not tied. Once he tried to feed her, she spat the food to his face. He took a handful of rice and shoved it to her face. God, why are they acting like this? They are so violent with each other – it was not until the last 4 episodes that their behaviours toned down a little. The most memorable scene for me was during Episode 3, where the hero and the heroine had a struggle in the room after the heroine tried to escape. He found her and brought her back and gave her water to drink. She spat that water to his face (yes, people, a lot of spitting in this drama). Furious, he did the same thing – drank the water and spat it to her face, TWICE. God, so much angst in this drama!  So much hatred but why am I loving this? TT

The most disturbing scene for me was not one of the scenes where she was kidnapped, but after she got married to hero and had quite a good agreeable relationship with him (agreeable meaning they stopped cursing to each other). Just as the hero sat next to her, she WILLINGLY gave her hands to the hero with a pouting face, thinking that the hero wanted to tie her hands, without any hint of a struggle. No more “let me go,” “where’s my freedom?” etc etc (he didn’t tie her hands, btw, he was trying to act all lovey dovey and shits). My reaction was “GIRRRRLL, what the F?” But hey, if you like it like that, then you like it like that and I respect your decision. (But God, really?)

It’s quite sad to see that the heroine, who initially was a fighter, surrendered to her fate when she married the hero. She no longer felt the need to escape mainly because to make her poor mother happy. Nevertheless, I think she had thought about her decisions a lot, judging the pros and cons of the steps she would make. She had been used as a tool by the hero’s mother and younger brother. Marrying the hero and ending the cycle of craziness seemed to be the correct step. Plus, she was convinced the hero had been the one kindest to her and the one who would do anything to protect her. As a feminist, I disagree with her but as a human being, what can I say? Like is what you make of it.

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Despite the misgivings I find with its themes, Jone Plon Jai is a good drama. It’s very entertaining and dangerously exciting. Lots of actions, lots of romantic tensions, lots of hatred. It is a fast-paced drama that would keep you away from being bored. The hero was always tense. The heroine was UNDERSTANDABLY always angry. They make an interesting couple. At least, visually, they look good together. I like seeing how he changed from his irresponsible character to a loving yet ditzy husband. He’s always anxious when he’s in trouble, in contrast to his wife, who retained that fierce streak within her. Yes, he’s stupid but he listens to his wife well. When she’s upset, he gets scared. And each time she asks him to do something, he complies. Now, that’s cute. Hahaha.

Now, for the bad things about this lakorn – the plot does not make sense, so do characters. Thank God that the actors played their roles so well that it made the story seemed real. I’m not sure when or how the hero fell for the heroine and vice versa but it could be due to the fact that they spent so much time in each other’s company. Personally, I think no one would ever fall in love with the ones who raped them. Also, I think most people who had been raped would prefer to kill their rapists or at least put them in jail. In the end, the heroine told a secondary character that despite the violations the hero had committed against her, truth was, he was the only one who helped her when the whole world wanted to harm her. That made sense, in a weird kind of way, I guess. Or at least from her perspective.

Haih. *heavy sigh* What a burdensome yet thoroughly interesting journey!

Even if you dislike dramas of this genre, you should check this drama out for no other reason but Num Sornram’s hotness. Trust me, you will not regret it.